Monthly Archives: March 2018

Recipe Collection: Perfect Picnic Potato Salad

mar. 29

Can you believe we’ve reached the end of March already? Where has the time gone? Not only that, but we’re heading into the long Easter weekend. Do you have your meal ideas worked out? Check out this very delicious Perfect Picnic Potato Salad. It’s a quick contribution to a potluck (whether you’re picnicking or not)! The potatoes will need to be boiled, which puts a lot of steam into your kitchen. Remember to turn your range hood fan on at least 15 minutes prior to cooking, and leave it running about 15 minutes after you’ve finished cooking.

Have a wonderful Easter long weekend! Check out more of our great recipes.

Perfect Picnic Potato Salad

  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 lbs nw baby potatoes, unpeeled
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  1. Bring chicken stock to a boil. Add potatoes. Cook until potatoes are just tender. Drain.
  2. In a food processor (or with a blender or whisk), combine 3 Tbsp of the oil, egg, mustard, dill, vinegar, lemon juice, and pepper. Blend until well combined. Slowly add remaining oil in a steady stream. Add sour cream and stir to combine.
  3. Slice potatoes into quarters. Combine potatoes with celery and onion. Pour dressing over top and stir until combined.
  4. Garnish with chives. Check for seasoning. Refrigerate until needed.

Enjoy!

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

mar. 27

Few of us give much thought to the range hood that takes up a significant amount of space over the stove. It is, however, an absolutely essential appliance. That range hood helps keep your indoor air as pure as possible by drawing up all the grease, smoke, steam, odors, and fumes, and exhausting all those pollutants to the outdoors.

At least once per month, especially if you cook a lot, you should give your range hood a good top to bottom cleaning. Use a natural, citrus-based cleaner on the hood to clean up any accumulated dust and stains. Then unhook the housing that holds the filter and fan in place. Most range hood filters can be put through a regular dishwasher cycle. That makes keeping it clean easy, right?

If your range hood has been around for many decades and is just not working as well as it used to, it might be time to consider ripping it out and replacing it with a new one. Consider, too, that the latest range hoods come equipped with a series of modern and convenient technologies. Cleaning reminders, multiple fan speed options, multiple power grades, touch sensitive options, and even timed on and off functions.

Not to mention the varied styles and sizes available today, too.

Need help choosing a range hood for your home and lifestyle? Call us!

Recipe Collection – Breaded Chive Chicken

Sometimes you just need a simple and delicious recipe that you can whip up with almost no effort. This Breaded Chive Chicken recipe is perfect on every level. Because there is some frying involved, remember to turn on the range hood fan about 15 minutes before you start cooking and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. That will ensure that as much of the fumes, smoke, grease, and odors have been drawn up and out of your kitchen.

This recipe is perfect in a sandwich the next day. It’s lovely in a picnic, too!

Check out our other great recipes in our collection.

Chicken Chive Surprise

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • dry breadcrumbs
  • oil for deep frying
  1. Pound chicken breasts until flat.
  2. Combine butter with egg yolk, chives, and garlic. Divide into 4 equal parts. Roll into a sausage shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until hard.
  3. Wrap each chicken breast around each piece of butter. Close chicken with a toothpick. Toss stuffed chicken breast in flour. Dip into beaten eggs, and press into breadcrumbs. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Pour several inches of oil into a deep pot. Heat oil to 350°F. Dip stuffed chicken breasts into oil being careful not to crowd the pot or allow the oil to splatter out. Cook for about 10 minutes.

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Sink

mar. 19

This one is for all of you do-it-yourselfers out there. you are all super talented. But, sometimes, you just need a little help.

So, today we thought we’d share a video courtesy of NGHTV all about replacing your kitchen sink, countertop, and faucet.

We have kitchen sinks in a variety of sizes on sale. Check them out and call us if you have any questions!

Recipe Collection: French Vegetable Soup

Mireille Guiliano is a longtime cookbook author and authority on French cooking. We love her philosophy on life that’s all about enjoying the good things, especially homemade food!

Given that we’re in the official month of spring, we thought it would be the perfect time to showcase some of the wonderful vegetables that are available to us.

Check out this very yummy version of Basic Vegetable Soup. It will make you feel healthy and happy from your head to your toes.

Because there’s some sautéeing required to get just the right flavor, we recommend that you start your range hood fan 15 minutes before you start cooking and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done.

Let us know how you customize this soup! Find more great recipes in our Recipe Collection.

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

mar. 13

Your range hood does a lot for you. It draws up all that grease, smoke, steam, fumes, and odors that cooking produces. Those other appliances we depend on – the refrigerator, stove, microwave – they off gas fumes, too. Your range hood clears the air of all those potentially toxic pollutants. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to make sure your range hood is in peak working condition.

Start by giving it a really good cleaning. Use a natural, gentle, citrus-based cleaner. You just want to make sure that the cleaner is gentle enough to use on any surface – stainless steel, aluminum, copper, iron, or even wood. Most range hood filters can be easily detached from the housing and placed in the dishwasher. Run it through a regular cycle and reattach.

Depending on how frequently you cook at the stove, or how much frying you do, you should consider hiring a professional to clean the ducts at least every few years. New range hoods are excellent at separating grease from smoke, fumes, and steam. They trap the grease in the filter and allow everything else to escape to the outdoors. Some of that particulate matter can settle within the duct that leads from the range hood to the outside. A professional duct cleaner will make sure that the ducts are as pristine as possible.

An older range hood may not be very effective at separating the grease from all the other pollutants. In that case, any grease that settles in the ductwork can become a fire hazard. Cleaning out the ducts is very important if your range hood is very old.

Here’s a thought. if your range hood is old, why not take the opportunity now to toss out the old and bring in the new? You’ll get to update the look of your kitchen with a modern range hood and your home’s indoor air quality will be much healthier thanks to improvements in range hood technology.

Need help choosing the right range hood for your kitchen? Give us a call!

Spring Maintenance Tips – Refreshing Your Range Hood

mar. 1

Happy Spring!

Yay, springtime! Sure, I know it’s only March the first, spring won’t actually arrive until March 20th. Still, I like to think of March as the month of spring.

So, let’s take today and the next couple of weeks to jump into the spirit of spring. Let’s do that by looking at the ways we can refresh the kitchen. You can go with a full-on kitchen renovation. Or, if your budget isn’t quite that expansive, you can focus on giving your kitchen a true top to bottom spring cleaning.

Once all the grease and grime is gone, you’ll feel fresher and happier. So, let’s get to it. Here’s how to make sure your range hood stays looking and functioning its best for many decades to come.

  • Wash the filter. Whether your range hood is equipped with a baffle filter, a charcoal filter, or a mesh filter, keeping the filter clean is very easy. Most filters – except charcoal filters – are dishwasher safe. Charcoal filters should be replaced once per year.
  • Clean the range hood cover with a gentle, natural cleaner. Standard glass cleaners are very effective. The key is to make sure that you don’t use an abrasive or harsh cleaner.
  • Many range hoods allow you to unhook the fan and lift it out of the housing. Once it’s out, you can either run it through a regular cycle in the dishwasher or wash it by hand with dish soap and water.

Some range hoods come equipped with a cleaning reminder. If your range hood doesn’t, don’t despair. Mark your calendar. Spot clean your range hood daily and weekly. Once per month, give the rest of it a good wash. A little effort will go a long way in keeping your range hood looking and working its best.

Check Out These Spring Deals On Range Hoods

mar. 7

I have been going on and on about the fact that we are now in the official month of spring. Not only am I thrilled to be looking forward to the summer heat, I love the fact that everything seems to be on sale right now.

Now is the time to look at completely renovating or simply upgrading the kitchen. Start with the range hood.

Have you replaced your old electric range with a gas range? Do you find yourself cooking more or less than you used to? Is your current range hood looking a little worse for wear?

Use the Promo Code to get up to 30% off of select range hoods. The discounts vary, so take your time checking them out.

Want to know more? Contact us here.

Featured Product: Cavaliere-Euro Island Mounted Range Hood

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No, you’re not seeing double. That is one range hood with two – count them, two! – chimneys. This unit is truly one for the diehard cook. Each chimney functions at 1000 CFM for a total drawing power of 2000 CFM. That is a lot of grease, smoke, steam, fumes, and odors that will get exhausted out of your home and into the great outdoors.

This range hood is perfect for large kitchens, gas ranges, and a family that loves to cook. Even better, it comes with touch sensitive controls, a six speed fan, and a 30 hour cleaning reminder.

Guess what? It’s actually on sale. Right now. For more than $1000 off the regular price! Check it out here.

Want to know more? Contact us here.

Yes! A Range Hood Can Ease Allergy Symptoms

mar. 21

A range hood doesn’t replace an air purification system. Ok, now that we’ve got that one out of the way, let’s talk about what a range hood can do for you.

Your range hood works with your air purification system to clear out as many irritating particles as possible. Turn the range hood fan on every single time you cook. Turn it on at least 15 minutes before you begin cooking, and leave it running at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking.

It will help clear the air of grease, smoke, steam, odors, and potentially harmful fumes.

You might be wondering what those typical by-products of the cooking process have to do with allergies. Good question.

Here’s the answer…

Even in our draft-free, highly efficient homes, pollen, dust and all the other particles that offend our senses are always present. A range hood fan can draw those irritants out of the air and exhaust them to the outdoors where they belong.

Just make sure that your range hood isn’t adding to the problem. Give it a good inside-out cleaning using a natural, non-abrasive cleaner about once per week. At least once per month, depending on how often you cook and what you cook, unhook the filter and run it through the regular dishwasher cycle.

Now you can breathe easier!

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